The Ogun State Government has concluded arrangements to plant more trees to further promote its forest resources for sustainable growth and development.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Tunji Akinosi unfolded the plan to replant more trees during the 2021 Productivity Enhancement Retreat, titled: Managing Ogun Forest Resources For Sustainable Development, Growth and Revenue Enhancement, in Abeokuta.
He said more trees would be replanted to achieve the Ministry’s revenue projection in the State’s 2021 “Budget of Recovery and Sustainability.”
Akinosi recalled how the Ministry exceeded its revenue target in the 2020 fiscal year, despite the pandemic.
“Despite last year’s pandemic and other challenges facing the forest reserves, the Ministry overshot its expected internally generated revenue, and we are here together again to redesign better measures to plant more trees and boost our revenue head beyond hundred percent this year,” he said.
The Commissioner charged all forestry officers to brace up for the challenges in surpassing the 2021 revenue target for the growth and development of the State.
The Commissioner vowed to intensify the Ministry’s monitoring of forest reserves just like last year, to stamp out illegal logging, felling, flitches and other acts of sabotage to the State’s forest resources.
The State Chairman, Forestry Association of Nigeria, FAN while presenting a paper at the retreat, said forestry laws should be reviewed.
He added that training and retraining of the Ministry’s officials and forest officers would enhance the fight against illegal dwelling and farming in the forest reserves saying that, “there must be a change to chart a new way to prevent damage of the forest reserves in the State.”
Also, former Project Manager, J4 Projects, Mr. Michael Idowu cautioned farmers not to abuse opportunities given to them by government in the forest reserves.
He warned farmers within the forest reserves not to go beyond their limits by illegally extending farmlands allocated to them and destroying economic trees.